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South Arts offers grant programs for nonprofit performing and literary arts presenting organizations.

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Launchpad 

Are you new to the presenting profession?  Launchpad is designed to provide a year-long support system to professionals who are new to the performing arts presenting field in our nine-state region. This program offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation at the 2017 Performing Arts Exchange in Atlanta, GA.  In addition, there is an opportunity to receive funding to join your statewide presenters’ network and to support artist fees for presenting one of our 2017 juried showcase artists.
Deadline: June 1, 2017

Traditional Arts Touring

The Traditional Arts Grant Program works to increase the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the traditional arts in the South, through funding projects which bring a traditional artist/ensemble and a scholar/folklorist for multi-day residencies in Southern communities. For projects taking place between October 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
Deadlines:  September 1, 2016; December 7, 2016; March 15, 2017 

Regional Touring:  Performing Arts

Regional Touring Block-Booked Tours encourage teams of three or more presenters in two or more South Arts states to block-book performing artists and ensembles (theatre, music, opera, musical theatre and dance). Eligible tours must include publicly accessible performances and educational activities. For projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Deadline: March 1, 2017 

Regional Touring grants support performing arts presenting organizations for engagements by guest artists (theatre, music, opera, musical theatre and dance) from outside of the presenter’s state. The project must include publicly accessible performances and educational activities that provide opportunities for people to participate in the arts. For projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Deadline: March 8, 2017 

Literary Arts

Literary Arts Touring grants support literary arts presenting organizations for engagements by guest writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry) from outside the presenter’s state. These touring funds support publicly accessible readings and educational activities that provide opportunities for people to participate in the arts. For projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Deadline: May 1, 2017 

Presenter Assistance

Planning and Travel Grants: To strengthen program design and organizational capacity for presenters, funding of up to $700 will support Planning Grants for artist residencies and Travel Grants for professional development.  These grants are intended for traveling to see work; participating in a significant professional development opportunity; and hosting an artistic director planning visit.  Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged.  For projects taking place between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities. 

Launchpad: This program offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation at the 2017 Performing Arts Exchange in Atlanta, GA.  In addition, there is an opportunity to receive funding to join the statewide presenters’ network and to support artist fees for presenting one of our juried showcase artists. 
Deadline: June 1, 2017

Special Initiatives

Occasionally, South Arts offers special initiatives for arts presenters in its region.  Our most recent effort was the Dance Touring Initiative, a three-year project to enhance the presentation of modern dance and contemporary ballet for presenters and audiences. The application deadline has passed; however, please check back in the future for additional opportunities.